In-rem meaning

ĭn rĕm
Against a thing, such as a piece of property, as in a lawsuit establishing its ownership.
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(law) Designating an action or judgment against a thing, as property, as distinguished from one against a person (in personam)
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Pertaining to a thing or to property. Litigation in rem (as opposed to in personam) determines the respective rights to property that has been brought before the court.
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A type of case initiated by the seizure of property that is within the court’s jurisdiction, as a step toward obtaining monetary damages against an individual who is outside the jurisdiction of the court.
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(law) Against a thing (such as property) rather than a person.

* The church filed an in rem petition with the court requesting that the book be declared obscene.

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Origin of in-rem

  • Late Latin Latin in against Latin rem accusative of rēs thing, matter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin against the thing

    From Wiktionary